Lifestyle changes, smoking behind rise in non-communicable diseases in tribal districts: Experts

Updated: Nov 28 2022 4:23PM

Kolkata, Nov 28 (PTI) Lifestyle changes, consumption of unhealthy foods, tobacco smoking and urbanisation may be among the factors behind increase in deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cancer in the tribal districts of India, experts say.

A recent survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) of over 5,000 family members of deceased tribal people, interviewed between 2015 and 2018 in 12 tribal districts of India, showed that NCDs accounted for 66 per cent of deaths.

"Tribal communities are being exposed to risk factors of urbanisation, consuming refined foods, fast food, easy road transportation and modern day lifestyle. They are gradually giving up their own traditional and cultural ways of living. All these have impacted their life," Prashant Mathur, Director of ICMR's National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research, Bengaluru, told PTI.